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Re: Most of the email spam I get is:

by TedPride (Priest)
on Dec 31, 2004 at 10:19 UTC ( #418505=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Most of the email spam I get is:

I use Yahoo mail now, and their filters remove about 99% of the spam. Much better than trying to do it by hand.


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Re^2: Most of the email spam I get is:
by state-o-dis-array (Hermit) on Dec 31, 2004 at 14:22 UTC
    Yahoo is my "public" account, I'm very happy with the filtering.

      I've used Y!Mail in the past, and been pleased overall. However, while their filters do catch about 95% of the Spam, I had problems with false positives. I, personally, would rather see a bit more pink meat in my mailbox and be assured that false positives would be very rare.

      I've been pleased with GMail in this regard, but for real "industrial" use, I use Spam Assassin with a whitelist and a threshold score of 6.5. That seems to nab about 80-85% of the Spam, and I have had 0 false positives in about 6 months.

      Anima Legato
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        The only false positives I've experienced was when I accidentally marked one "mod_perl digest" as SPAM. It took about 5 trips to the SPAM folder to click "NOT SPAM" to start recieving the digest in my inbox again.

        The onl things that slip past are

        • bounce-backs, very annoying and the filter seems to filter them like other spam, instead of checking that the original sender is *.mail.yahoo.com, not some russian website.
        • new nigerian 419 variations, but those are sooo easy to pick-off

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